Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM)

The Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) is a federal Medicaid audit program that was developed and implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that measures the accuracy of program payments.

In October 2020, Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) review contractor, NCI Inc, will begin contacting Alaska Medicaid providers on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to request records that have been randomly selected for the Reporting Year (RY) 2021 PERM review; any Medicaid payments made between 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020.

NCI Inc representatives will explain the PERM process, the authority for CMS to collect medical records for audit purposes, and identify the appropriate point of contact for each provider.

Providers will have 75 calendar days from the date of the request letter to submit requested records to NCI Inc. Additional PERM information is available at DHSS Medicaid Program Integrity’s PERM webpage.

If you have questions, please call 907.269.3020.


PERM 2021 - Updates

Date Announcement
09/16/2020 The cycle 3 PERM audit will include payments made between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Please check back regularly for updates.


PERM 2021 - Links

Be sure to visit these helpful sites on a regular basis to obtain the latest PERM information.

Date Title
09/16/2020CMS PERM Process and Requirements for Providers
09/16/2020CMS PERM Video: Responding to Medical Records/Documentation Requests
09/16/2020State of Alaska PERM Page
09/16/2020State of Alaska PERM Contacts
09/16/2020CMS PERM Page